Fore River Bridge
Quincy/Weymouth, MA, USA
Client: Massachusetts Department of Transportion
Estimated Completion Date: 2016
Touchstone Architecture acted as Architect of Record for the design build team responsible for the completion of this $430M lift span bridge. Touchstone Architecture was charged with leading the team in the final design for architectural elements which included construction documents and construction administration.
As the visual components lead, the firm was responsible for the development and implementation of all aesthetic and architectural components of the signature lift span bridge. They were also responsible for final design and construction documents related to the tender houses and innovative mesh cladding system. When completed, this bridge will include one of the largest installations of stainless steel mesh facades in the world and will serve as a centerpiece of the historic communities it serves.
Like many design-build projects, the design schedule is a critical path item. Touchstone worked as a fully integrated part of the design team to advance the design from concept to reality. This required a great deal of creativity and technical know-how.
One unique aspect of the project is the requirement that the entire construction documentation package be derived from a fully integrated BIM model. Touchstone Architecture has delivered a number of BIM projects and served as a leader on this project in the area of BIM implementation. The result is a model that generated all construction documents and is being used from the development of many shop drawings.